Over the last several decades there has been resurgence of bed bug infestations throughout the country. While we tend to focus on home infestations it’s important to remember that these blood-sucking pests can also attack businesses.
Hotels, restaurants, offices and other commercial establishments are equally susceptible to bed bug infestations. And when a business experiences an infestation it can face substantial financial losses as well as long term damage to their reputation.
When it comes to running a business regular bed bug inspections are a vital part of protecting your investment, your reputation, and the health and well-being of your customers and staff.
Early Detection is Key
Regularly scheduled bed bug inspections are necessary for early detection of infestations. This is a critical aspect of all effective pest control. Bed bugs are experts at hiding in cracks and crevices, making them hard to spot until a full scale infestation has taken hold.
By scheduling routine inspections business owners can spot infestations in their earliest stages. This allows you to take swift action before the bed bugs can spread any further. Early detection can save businesses money and ultimately prevent costly property damage.
Safeguard Your Reputation
A bed bug infestation not only costs your business money, it can severely damage you company’s reputation. This is particularly true for businesses in the health and hospitality fields where cleanliness is paramount.
Word of mouth can spread like wildfire, especially today when online reviews can directly impact a business’ reputation. Taking a proactive approach to pest control by scheduling regular bed bug inspections and treatments minimize the risk of damage to your business’ name. It also demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction and safety.
Bed bugs have become a national problem. So much so that many states and municipalities now have regulations that require businesses to maintain a pest-free environment. Failing to meet these regulatory standards can result in severe legal repercussions such as fines and closure orders.
Regular bed bug inspections make it easier to comply with these regulations and greatly reduces the risk of any costly legal consequences that may result from an unchecked bed bug infestation.
Employ Satisfaction and Well-Being
A bed bug infestation doesn’t only impact your business. It also impacts your employees lives. Workers in an infested environment may unknowingly transport bed bugs to their homes. This can lead to personal infestations that will directly impact your employees’ health, morale, and financial well-being.
Customer Satisfaction and Safety
The safety and well-being of your customers should always be uppermost in you mind. Bed bug bites can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations. Customers can also unknowingly transport stray bed bugs back to their own homes. All of this is, frankly, bad for business.
By conducting regular inspections you can help ensure that your establishment is pest free and safe for all of your clients and customers.
Reduce Treatment Costs
Early detection is key to minimizing treatment costs. Regular inspections can greatly reduce the cost of any potential bed bug treatments. A small localized infestation is easier to treat than a widespread infestation that may require extensive and repetitive treatments. By investing in regular inspections businesses can save substantial amounts of money over the long term.
Protect Your Bottom Line
The financial impact of a large scale bed bug infestation can be substantial. Particularly for small businesses. And infestation can lead to property damage, forced closure, and loss of revenue. In extreme cases it can also lead to legal liabilities and compensation claims from affected customers and employees.
Business owners have no shortage of day to day concerns. From payroll to customer satisfaction; inventory losses to unexpected competitors moving into the marketplace. But one of the responsibilities of owning a business that rarely gets much attention is pest control. By scheduling routine bed bug inspections you can protect your bottom line and minimize any potential losses due to an unchecked infestation.
The choices you make today will have a significant impact on the success of your business tomorrow. Now is the time to make pest control in general, and bed bug inspections in particular, a part of your ongoing business plan,
Published by Scott Palatnik
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